Which Ascorbate Is Best to Use?
It is preferable to use a 100% l-ascorbate, fully reduced, buffered mineral ascorbate form of vitamin C that contains a proper balance of the major essential buffering minerals: 1) potassium, 2) magnesium, 3) calcium, and 4) zinc. No dl-ascorbate or d-ascorbate should be used as the d-ascorbate form is not absorbed by humans; people take up only the l-ascorbate. Per gram of ascorbate, we find best outcomes, patient compliance, and satisfaction from a balanced mineral content of potassium (66 mg.), calcium (27 mg.), magnesium (11 mg.), and zinc (400 mcg.).
This means that if you were taking a half-teaspoon of buffered ascorbate that has no masking or “inert” agents in it, you would have 1.5 grams of ascorbate containing potassium, 99 mg.; calcium, 40 mg.; magnesium, 16 mg.; and zinc, 600 mcg. If there is less than 1.5 grams per half- teaspoon, there is likely to be a hidden or masking agent that may cause digestive or immune problems.
How to do an Ascorbate Calibration “C Cleanse”
When possible, it is best to start (especially the first use of this protocol) on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Allow yourself that day to finish the “flush.” Most people saturate their ascorbate need within a few hours. Occasionally, the need is much greater, and it may take a number of hours to complete the initial calibration “flush.”
Dissolve each half-teaspoon (1.5 grams) of fully reduced, buffered mineral l-ascorbate powder in 2 or more ounces of water or diluted juice (juice diluted 1:1 with water). Plan to count and record each dosage. After dissolving the l-ascorbate and allowing any effervescence to abate (typically dissolves within two minutes), drink the beverage. The amount of l-ascorbate needed depends on how quickly your body uses it up. Below are suggestions for how to best determine your needs based on how healthy you are:
• A healthy person begins with a level half-teaspoon dissolved in 1-2 ounces of water or diluted juice every 15 minutes.
• A moderately healthy person begins with 1 teaspoon every 15 minutes.
• A person in ill health begins with 2 teaspoons every 15 minutes.
If after four doses there is no gurgling or rumbling in the gut, you should double the initial dosage and continue every 15 minutes.
Continue with these instructions at the proper time intervals until you reach a watery stool or an enema-like evacuation of liquid from the rectum. This is as if a quart or so of liquid is expressed from the rectum. CAUTION: Do not stop at loose stool. You want to energize the body to “flush out” toxins and reduce the risk that they may recirculate and induce problems.
At this time, stop consuming the buffered ascorbate for the day. HOWEVER, if your calibration dosage is more than 50 grams of vitamin C, you should consume a dosage of vitamin C of at least 10% of the total l-ascorbate need to induce the l-ascorbate calibration “flush” in the later afternoon or evening. Many people find that preparing a “batch” of ascorbate allows for easier, more timely consumption of the beverage rather than making up a new batch at each interval. Example: 30 grams (10 teaspoons) may be dissolved in 10-20 ounces of liquid. If this method is chosen, we recommend using a capped, dark bottle to avoid air or light (photo-) oxidation of the ascorbate. Dissolved ascorbate is stable for a day if kept cool or cold and tightly sealed.
Changing Ascorbate Need
As you become healthier, the ascorbate is used more efficiently and is better conserved in your body and less ascorbate will be needed to achieve the desired effect. As your need for ascorbate decreases, you may notice loosening of the stool indicating that your body is consuming ascorbate more efficiently and your need has decreased. That is the time to taper ascorbate intake. As you become familiar with your body’s responses, your need for and best timing of ascorbate is likely to become clear through direct experience with this protocol.
Daily Consumption of Ascorbate after Calibration (C Cleanse )
Between calibrations, consume 75% of the total ascorbate you need to induce the flush. You may use ascorbate as a liquid, tablet, or a capsule taking two to four or more doses per day. The usual sufficiency need for a person in a state of good health is 2-10 grams/day.
Hints for Calculating Daily Therapeutic Ascorbate Requirement
• Total the amount of ascorbate consumed.
• Total the number of 1/2 level tsp. = 1.5 grams or 1 level tsp. = 3 grams.
• Multiply number of 1/2 tsp. times the number of doses for the total.
• Then calculate 75% or three-quarters of the total. This is the current daily sufficiency need for ascorbate.